Before & After, Dana & Cary’s Nursery
When Dana, my best friend for the last 18 years (we were college roomies at UCLA) told me that she and her beau were pregnant, I was SUPER dooper excited. Not only was my BFF going to me joining me in mamahood, but this baby would be the most mixed baby I know since Dana is half Chinese Hawaiian and half eastern and northern European and her man, Cary is mixed with African American, Native American, Spanish and German. I mean, this baby is going to make me look homogeneous. Such an eclectic background certainly calls for an eclectic baby room, yes? Not boring McSnoozefest like the before pic shown above!
Here they are. It’s a shame they are such such homely looking couple, right? Jeeeez even the dog is good-looking. Anyway I was really happy I got a chance to come and do this for Dana. She has been such a good friend to me over the years. She flew to L.A. when Ida was born with an uncooked pizza in her lap from my favorite Bay-Area childhood pizzeria. She’s that kind of friend. She has been there for me time and time again and so to be able to reciprocate by helping her with her nursery felt really good. I flew up on Friday afternoon and we had until Sunday evening to churn out the most amazing nursery for the most amazing woman and what will surely be the most amazing little munchkin.
First the paint went up and then, once dry, the blue Ikat rug from Lulu and Georgia went down. We had ordered all the bigger stuff beforehand online–like the striped pouf from Tuvalu and the big comfy chair from High Fashion Home (it’s gonna be so perfect for nursing and cuddling with the little bean.) Then the first layer of furniture was arranged and rearranged until we found good spots for all the larger pieces.
Then came the really fun part–shopping for smalls–both practical and decorative pieces to make the space fun and functional. Dana’s taste skews a bit more modern than mine so I was going for colorful but not off-the-wall, playful but not cooky. At the end of 48 hours of shopping, schlepping, decorating and redecorating, we had kind of an spectacular little space that even I was jealous of by the time I hopped back on a plane to come back out to L.A. –and here is is, the After —with sources for everything at the bottom!
Above the crib we hung a world map from Wandering Fables on Etsy. There is a little heart marked for each country of the little one’s heritage. We found that rad basket on the left at Ross. Do you love it? I love it!
We wanted the space to feel, beachy, jungly, safari-y and kinda tropical. We toyed around with different names for ‘themes’ and landed on Safaropicalow, kinda has a little ring to it yes? No, you say? Well, if you think of something better let me know. In the mean time, I’m gonna stare at these vintage brass giraffes because they make me feel very happy.
And now there needs to be a little drumroll as they are announcing the baby’s name right here for the first time!! Welcome baby:
!!! Such a cute name right? It’s a Hawaiian name that means “brave, bold, fearless.”
While reading a book to Ida one night, I had the idea to take pages from it to use as art in the nursery. We framed three pages from Waterlife by Rambharos Jha. Love the way this came out and it was an easy and affordable solution for art prints.
Seriously though? Comfiest chair ever. And the pompom pillow. ya. couldn’t resist.
And here we are at the end of the 48 hour whirlwind. And yes, she’s 30 weeks pregnant.
Big comfy Chair From High Fashion Home
Little “S” Chair from High Fashion Home
Striped Pouf from Tuvalu
Crib and dresser were hand-me-downs. Find similar here
Drum side-table from World Market
Gold Pouf from eBay
Blue Ikat rug from Lulu and Georgia
Voile Curtains from Wold Market (we use 6 on one window)
Heart pillow by Sukan on Etsy
Dotted Pillow from Anthropologie
PomPom pillow from Anthropologie
Aqua striped blanket from Land of Nod
Dotted changing pad cover from Land of Nod
Jungalow mobile by Yours Truly and Como Metal Works
Striped succulent planters from Lowe’s
Gold table lamp from Land of Nod
Dye Stripe Vase from Urban Outfitters
Small wooden animal toys from World Market
Vintage gold giraffes from eBay
ON THE WALLS
Elephant and Giraffe Hooks form Anthropologie
Acrylic Shelves from The Container Store
Giraffe Head from Land of Nod
Pineapple Print from Land of Nod
Truck print from Land of Nod
Map art by Wandering Fables on Etsy
Gold Feather decals from Target.
Framed Alligator and Turtle prints are pages carefully removed from one of my favorite illustrated books, Waterlife by Rambharos Jha. The frames are from World Market.
Thank you Dana and Cary for letting me take over the house for a couple of days! Can’t wait till I get to cover baby Koa in kisses!
*Photos, design and styling by Justina Blakeney
*Rug C/O Lulu and Georgia, love seat C/O High Fashion Home, Pouf C/O Tuvalu.